Cynthia Douglas’ foray into the world of culinary commerce began last fall with cheesecake and macarons, but her relationship with food has been lifelong.

“It soothes me to be in the kitchen,” observes Douglas, owner of the newly-opened Cis Marie’s Kuche Unique and Whimsical Foods, of her penchant for taking a recipe, experimenting and making it truly hers.

A resident of Cadiz for the past eight years, Douglas traces her love of food to her family.

“We enjoy food, and we love to cook,” she notes of her German roots. “My whole family loves to cook, and when we cook, we cook for an Army. It’s always been a part of me.”

Even the name of her new restaurant is reflective of that German ancestry; Kuche is German for “kitchen,” Douglas explains.

Cis is the name Douglas’ mother calls her, and Marie is her middle name, hence Cis Marie’s Kuche, which serves up cookies and cheesecakes, Chinese and Korean dishes, doughnuts, plate lunches and dinners.

Customers may enjoy crepe cakes, a dessert with multiple thin layers, or find gluten-free cheesecakes and cookies upon the shelves.

Everything is made from scratch, save for the candy bars that are mixed into the cookies.

Encouraged by fans of her cooking, Douglas began working out of her home last November.

She opened her store at 8 Marion St., last month, setting up shop just adjacent to Cadiz City Hall and the Cadiz Police Department.

Inside, patrons will find cookies inspired by the likes of Almond Joy and Hershey’s and so many cheesecake varieties Douglas herself finds it difficult to say exactly how many.

They are constantly evolving, including such flavors as lemon raspberry, banana pudding, peach cobbler and chocolate pineapple.

“All of our things are different and unique,” says Douglas, in a nod to her bakery’s name.

International dishes are a staple of her offerings; the first plate she sold in her new restaurant was bulgogi, a Korean dish of marinated pork or beef with seasonings.

She also offers sweet n’ sour chicken, fried rice and schnitzel. Douglas served a southern favorite just recently in country fried steak, mashed potatoes and green beans.

She believes food should be made with love, and Douglas notes there’s nothing like preparing something for someone and seeing how much they like it.

“To watch somebody eat your food and have that look of ‘oh, this is good,’ it’s amazing,” she observed.

Cis Marie’s Kuche is open from 7 a.m. to 5 or 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturdays at its location just off Main Street. On Mondays and Tuesdays, hungry customers may pick up some sushi and Vietnamese spring rolls.

Fresh doughnuts, cookies, cheesecakes and gourmet coffees are available every day, while customers may enjoy hot plate lunches and plate dinners Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Douglas also plans to bring in some guest chefs in the future whose food will be served in the restaurant. At Christmas, her assistant manager and sister, Christina Roller, plans to decorate the store as Dr. Seuss’ Whoville, including a backdrop where parents and children can have their pictures taken.

Selena Rivera handles the front of the house at Cis Marie’s Kuche, and Douglas says together the three women are providing their ‘unique’ creations for the local community.

She says the ideas for her cheesecakes, cookies and other food items come to her at home or even while she is driving around.

Much like her creations, Douglas just wants to be unique and one of a kind.

“I just like to be different, and being different is my inspiration,” she says.

Find out more about Douglas’ new restaurant by calling 270-206-8998 or by visiting or

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or

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